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Harvest Hoopla is Saturday

A year after celebrating Indiana’s bicentennial, Harvest Hoopla returns this weekend to spotlight Montgomery County’s heritage.

Local non-profit organizations, businesses and vendors will set up from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Pike Place, in conjunction with the Crawfordsville Farmers’ Market. The event is sponsored by the market, Crawfordsville Main Street and Hoosier Heartland State Bank.

“It’s sometimes easy to think that we all got here kind of one way,” said Sue Lucas, Main Street president. “But all you have to do is track back each one of our ancestries [and] lineage to find out we truly come from all over the world and brought with us those family stories, and all of those are still present in the way we do community.”

The area’s cultural landscape will be touted in an interactive challenge where families can share their favorite basketball stories and local destinations for a prize drawing.

Prizes include Indiana Pacers tickets courtesy of Arni’s, a $200 gift certificate to Cornett’s Furniture and Bedding, gift cards from downtown merchants, a Fitbit courtesy of Main Street, farmers’ market T-shirts and Crawfordsville/Montgomery County Chamber puzzles. Children who participate can receive a free book from Penguin RandomHouse.

Local organizations like the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, Friends of Sugar Creek and Humans United for Equality are setting up booths for the event. The county’s leadership academy and Youth Service Bureau also will be represented.

Historical information will be provided by the Montgomery County Historical Society and the Basketball Heritage Project.

Families can also take part in demonstrations by local yoga studio Quest for Balance.

Live music will be provided by the Indianapolis-based Cultural Diversity Drum Circle at 9 a.m., Smartsburg Pickers from 10 a.m. to noon and John the Silent from noon to 1 p.m. The Sugar Creek Square Dance Association also is set to perform.

Children’s activities include a zip line and rock wall sponsored by the Visitors and Convention Bureau, lawn games and balloon animals. 1832 Brew and Norvell’s BBQ will serve food.

Wood turning demonstrations and tractor displays round out the list of activities.

“It’s kind of giving people a broad view of what Montgomery County has to offer,” farmers’ market master Dale Hankins said.

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